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Paris unveils plan to be world's first rat-free city

Posted by Becky Smith

Apr 9, 2014 4:02:00 PM

Fun April Fools News:

 
The French capital might be known as the City of Light and the romance capital of the world but it is also infamous for its dirty litter-strewn streets and its burgeoning rat population that is now said to top eight million.
 

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Musophobia? How to Get Over Your Fear of Rodents

Posted by Becky Smith

Oct 17, 2011 11:35:00 AM

On one hand, a person’s greatest fear isn’t so much the problem in itself as it isthe imagination: It is your imagination that implants the many possibilities and impossibilities of both rational and irrational fears into your brain, often blowing up the proportions of a situation beyond what it really is.

However, your fears can be grounded on rational thinking, giving a person a perfectly reasonable basis to be afraid, scared, anxious about something.

Rodents have plagued mankind of centuries, spreading disease, grievous bodily injuries, and generally just being overall pests. In the dark ages, rodents helped to spread one of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Plague. This disease ravaged Europe, wiping out large amounts of its population in a matter of years, but advances in medical science as well as personal hygiene methods and pest control techniques have made rodents a lesser evil than ever before.

Discover Mother Nature’s Secret to Keeping Mice and Rats OUTSIDE Where They Belong!

Understanding Rodents

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FDA SEIZES MORE THAN $1 MILLION WORTH OF FOOD FROM NASHVILLE FOOD PROCESSOR AND WAREHOUSE

Posted by Becky Smith

Jan 18, 2010 12:06:00 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals today seized bulk restaurant food product at Won Feng Trading Company, a food processor and warehouse in Nashville, Tenn. The products are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they have been held under unsanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth. The Act uses the term "insanitary" to describe such conditions.

U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated foods, including a wide variety of bulk restaurant foods, such as 44-pound bags of rice, fresh produce and frozen food products that are susceptible to contamination by rodents, insects, or other filth.

The agency has not received any reports of consumer illnesses.

Won Feng receives food from throughout the United States and distributes its products within the state of Tennessee. The FDA estimates the value of the seized goods to be more than $1 million. U.S. Marshals executed this seizure pursuant to a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

"The violations at Won Feng Trading are both serious and repetitive,” said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The FDA will take actions against any food companies that fail to provideadequate safeguards to ensure that products they produce or hold for sale remain free of contamination.”

The FDA had previously issued a Warning Letter to Won Feng in May 2009, citing numerous deviations from current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements, including ineffective measures taken by the firm to exclude pests. The firm stated in a June response to the FDA that it had corrected the violations cited in the Warning Letter.

In a follow-up inspection completed in November 2009, the FDA investigators found evidence of an active and widespread rodent infestation in the building, including live and dead rodents, rodent hair, rodent nesting material, evidence of rodent-gnawed food, and rodent urine. The FDA investigators also observed insect filth and live birds in the building, and found that the building had defects that could allow pests to enter food storage areas.

These unsanitary conditions and practices led to today’s seizure action.
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